• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Backset A check; a relapse; a discouragement; a setback.
    • v. t Backset To plow again, in the fall; -- said of prairie land broken up in the spring.
    • Backset Whatever is thrown back in its course, as water. "Slackwater, or the backset caused by the overflow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • backset To set upon in the rear.
    • backset To plow again, in the autumn, prairie-land which has been plowed for the first time in the preceding spring.
    • n backset A setting back or backward, as the result of some untoward circumstance or opposing agency; a check to progress; retardation, or the losing of ground; a relapse: as, he suffered more than one serious backset; a backset which appeared to be fatal.
    • n backset An eddy or counter-current in flowing water.
    • n backset In lock-making, the horizontal distance between the front of the lock and the center of the keyhole: an essential measurement in lock-fitting.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Back, adv. + set,


In literature:

One pool, a backset, was known as the Idiot's Delight, because any one could catch fish there.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
He's had backsets, but in the end he's succeeded in everything he's tried.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
An' we was a-keepin' from her the awful news fer fear 'twould give her a backset.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
Still well, but sit out in the cool air too long, and take a slight backset.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Thus I had several backsets.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
The backset to his ambition made him more sleepless than ever, bringing on frequent attacks of asthma.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
Besides, the mad hatred they bore Perkins and the hope of backsetting him led them on.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
Each crew must accept the backset of its accidents.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
This was certainly a big "backset," and one they had not dreamed of.
"No Moss" by Harry Castlemon
The water is backset by a mill-dam for two miles, forming a small lake.
"Historic Waterways--Six Hundred Miles of Canoeing Down the Rock, Fox, and Wisconsin Rivers" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
She now maintains Backset Town Farm, Henfield, Sussex; and a winter home at Chinsegut, Florida.
"Kentucky in American Letters, v. 2 of 2" by John Wilson Townsend